Lunch/Dinner Recipes

Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe

This easy homemade pesto recipe is perfect for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. My favorite part of this recipe is that you can freeze the pesto in ice cube trays and then have garden fresh pesto all year round!

My inspiration for this recipe came out of a need to make something with all of the fresh parsley growing in the garden. I had previously always made pesto with just basil. I discovered that adding parsley actually made my recipe better! It adds a nice subtle flavor that pairs perfectly with the basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.

Once you see how easy this homemade pesto recipe is, I promise you that you will never buy store bought pesto again!

Step 1: Prepare the Homemade Pesto Ingredients

cutting board with fresh basil, parsley and garlic on top

For this easy homemade pesto recipe you will need fresh basil and parsley. You cannot use dried herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh Parsley
  • 4 springs of fresh Basil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Step 2: Blend all the Homemade Pesto Ingredients

image of blender with parsley, basil and garlic

Step 3: Serve homemade pesto over pasta, veggies, fish or meat

This easy homemade pesto recipe is so versatile. I love to serve it over pasta for a simple and quick meal. My children love when I saute shrimp in the pesto mix and then add that over a pasta dish. I have most recently added it on top of veggie burgers and this has become my new favorite way to spice up a meal!

Homemade pesto on top of veggie burger with avocados and tomato slices

Above: Veggie burger topped with avocado, tomato slices and fresh pesto

Below: Pesto added to bow tie pasta

Homemade fresh pesto over bow tie pasta

Tip when making Homemade Pesto:

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Double the recipe and you will then have extra homemade pesto to freeze. The simplest way to freeze pesto is to add it into ice-cube trays. Then when you want to make homemade pesto another night, you can simply defrost 2-3 cubes and keep the rest frozen. I love the ice-cube trays linked below from Amazon, because they have lids which make freezing so simple!

Ice Cube Trays – CASELAND Easy Release 2 Pack Silicone 15 Ice Trays with Spill-Resistant Removable Lid Stackable Durable and Dishwasher Ice Cube Molds BPA Free
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Lunch/Dinner Recipes

Easy Garlic and White Bean Hummus

This easy garlic and white bean hummus is so simple! It takes less than 5 minutes to make and will last about 1 week once refrigerated. If you like your hummus a bit more on the spicy side, like me, then add 3 garlic cloves, but for a less spicy and more mild hummus use 1-2 cloves of garlic instead.

This simple and quick recipe is great served as a delicious appetizer or as a tasty, healthy lunch. The best part is I promise your kids will not even know they are eating beans and this quick and easy recipe will become a requested family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 spring of fresh parsley
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon squeezed)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Drain and rinse the cannellini beans
  • Blend all the ingredients together in a blender

Blend until smooth and creamy. If too dry add more EVOO, until the hummus has a smooth consistency.

Serve with pita chips or sliced vegetables of your choice. Enjoy!

Shop Ingredients:

Bush’s Best, Cannellini Beans White Kidney Beans, 15.5oz Can (Pack of 6) Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 101.4 Fl Oz

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